Harlingen lands new mental health care facility

The Memphis, Tennessee-based company Strategic Behavioral Health is building the facility

One of the Lone Star State's most underserved areas is getting a new mental health facility.

Harlingen city leaders made the announcement during a Wednesday morning press conference.

The 72-bed in-patient facility by Memphis, Tennessee-based Strategic Behavioral Health will be built off Hale Drive and Victoria Lane.

A groundbreaking ceremony for project is expected to be held in August and construction will be complete by September 2015.

Harlingen Economic Development Corporation Director Raudel Garza said the city is contributing $750,000 to the $10 million dollar project.

Mayor Chris Boswell said the facillity will bring between 200 to 225 good-paying jobs to Harlingen.

Once complete, the facility will need to hire everything from doctors and nurses to cooks and custodians.

Boswell said the facility will also provide residency opportunities for students at the new University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley medical school.

The facility will provide everything from substance abuse to acute mental health care.

Cameron County Pct. 4 Commissioner Dan Sanchez said the facility will also provide much-needed mental health services to the area.

The Rio Grande State Center in Harlingen is a state-run mental health hospital that provides in-patient services but has limited beds and funding.

Tropical Texas Behavioral Health is expanding its facility in Brownsville but the clinic provides outpatient services.